Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31

Grades 5/6 Fun Night Cancelled:  This event, scheduled for this Friday evening, has been cancelled due to very few sign-ups.  We will refund the few payments that we did receive.

A reminder that all staff e-mails at both TBPS and CBMS now end with .net

At CBMS we do our best to limit distractions to learning!  Our Dress Code, in sum, says "no butts, no bra straps, and no bellies".  Parental help and support goes a long was on this- please keep a close eye on what your child is wearing as they leave for school.  If your child's clothing distracts you, it will probably distract your child's peers!

June 7th at HUHS- Premier Film- Speak Out for Understanding- Click here for more details.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • June 19th- 9:30AM- 8th Grade Recognition Assembly
  • June 19th- 5:30PM- 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 20th- Last Day of School for 5th-7th graders- Early Release Day, with student dismissal beginning at 12:10PM.
  • June 20th- 8th Graders (now known as 9th graders) to Great Escape (all day)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23

Grades 5-8 Band Concert 2Night, beginning at 7PM!

French elective forms from 6th and 7th graders are due back to school by next Tuesday.  The form can be found by clicking here.

Waterbury Rapids Swim Team info can be found on the  E-Community Bulletin Board

June 19th is the last day of school for 8th graders, with graduation in the CBMS gym beginning at 5:30.  

June 20th is the last day of school for 5th-7th graders, with early dismissal beginning at 12:10PM.

8th graders can apply for American Legion Awards and to participate by singing or speaking at graduation- forms for both can be picked up in the CBMS office.

Our 8th grade Odyssey of the Mind team is in Iowa at the World Tournament beginning today.  Please join us in wishing good luck and great experiences to Quincy Alves, Nina Brundage, Lillie Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Caitlyn Marino, Amber Proteau, and coaches Holly Alves and Lisa Scagliotti!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17

Green Mountain Performing Arts presents Dance Recital 2012.  Tickets still available for Friday, May 18, at 6:30pm in the Harwood Union H.S. Auditorium.  Tickets are $12, reserved seating.  This show features middle school, high school and adult dancers only.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 802-244-8600 or at the door the night of the show.  All proceeds help to support GMPA, a nonprofit performing arts school serving our community!

NECI Feast for Floodies To Be Served on Sunday, May 20  No matter how you’re feeling about the flood these days, a meal prepared by the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) will make you feel better.  The NECI Feast for Floodies will be served on Sunday, May 20, at 5 p.m. at the Crossett Brook Middle School cafeteria in Duxbury. NECI students will work their wonders with locally donated food, creating a meal for flood-affected folks in the area. Come for supper, socializing, and to support your neighbors. Have you taken advantage of the Allen Lumber flood discount? Come learn what resources are still available.  Along with a great meal is the opportunity for:·     FREE portrait sessions – courtesy of Stowe photographer Paul Rogers.
·     Voluntary participation in an Irene Story Circle – thanks to the folks at the Vermont Folklife Center.
·     Art and games for kids.Area businesses interested in offering food donations or sponsoring the event can contact Carrie Dessureau at 244-7262

IMPLEMENTING MINDFULNESS PRACTICES WITH YOUTH- A workshop open to all community members          
June 26, 8:30 – 3:30
Presenter: Daniel Rechtschaffen
Childcare provided courtesy of the Waitsfield P.T.A.

To register, please contact Waitsfield Elementary School (496-3643). Participants need to be pre-registered, but the workshop is free.

         All interested in mindfulness are welcome. Mindfulness practices will be presented and explained. The results of mindfulness in decreasing stress, anxiety and depression, and in improving emotional and physical well being are be a part of the course content.  The workshop is open to the community at large and especially parents and those working with school children; adults only, please.
         Daniel Rechtschaffen,M.A., is the founding director of the Mindful Education Institute which offers a year long mindfulness in education teacher training program. He has had extensive experience teaching children and instructing educators throughout the country, including educators in South Burlington. He has developed curriculum for Mindfulness without Borders, Mindful Schools, and The Mindful Mothering Project. Following his time here in the Mad River Valley, he will lead a week-long program at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY on Bringing Mindfulness Practice to Children in grades K-12.  We are privileged to have Daniel with us.

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14

7th and 8th grade French in 12-13 will be an elective, with 7th grade French being Tuesdays/Thursdays all year long, and 8th grade French being Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays.  Look for sign-up forms coming home with current 6th and 7th graders prior to June 1.  

Early Release Day on June 20th- this is the last student day, and dismissal will begin at 12:10- please expect your child home roughly 20 minutes after a "normal" early release day.

This Wednesday!  Please come join in for Waterbury's 1st-ever Ride of Silence to honor those who have been killed or injured riding bicycles on roads to ride together, show our appreciation to folks who love to bike downtown & around Waterbury, & help raise awareness of the need to have safe roads, bike paths & trail systems helping to connect us from place to place.   Folks are asked to arrive at Rusty Parker at 5:30 with their bike and helmet -  (I'll have sign-in sheets/release forms & stickers)  Route:  Depart Rusty Parker / Park Row, Left onto South Main St, Left onto Demerritt Place, behind GMCR, out Railroad St., to Stowe St, Right to High Street, right onto High & up around Thatcher Brook via Armory, up to and around Hillcrest Terrace, back down Armory & High Street, left onto Stowe St to lights; Left onto South Main St, right down to Randall St, right around back of State Complex, right onto South Main St. Right onto Rte. 100 up to across from Crossett Brook School, turning right up and over the hill to Duxbury village where pavement meets dirt roads.  At that point, on school grounds, I will take a break with the group for a couple minutes, read a few names, take a moment of silence, and direct all those who have only road bikes to follow Peter Plagge who will lead a group back into Waterbury with one more loop up and down South Main St. while I take the dirt road, down the River Road, over the Winooski Street Bridge, right onto the Cross Vermont Trail, behind the State Complex, back onto Park Row & back to Rusty Parker by 7PM.  To learn more, go to:

Also this Wednesday!  "How Much is Too Much Internet, Texting, & Games?"  6-7:30 at the Waitsfield Elementary School.  Free childcare.  Call 496-9715 for more information.   Whether you are the parent of a 19 year old or a 4 year old, it is likely that technology is here to stay.  Come and learn about the benefits and costs of technology and media for today's family.  This dynamic and engaging workshop will both challenge and entertain as we look at how these little devices have become such powerful players in our culture and, more importantly, our families and relationships.  

Sunday, May 20th- Kids Fishing Derby at the Waterbury-Stowe Fish & Game.  Kids under 15 only.  Free Hot Dogs and Soda for the kids!  Registration starts at 11:00 am.  Derby starts at 12:00 noon and runs until 1:30 pm.  Everyone gets a prize.  Come and join in on the fun!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 6

The latest edition of the News & Views can be found by clicking here!

HANGING BASKETS purchased from the PTO Plant Sale can be picked up at Evergreen Gardens this Wed. through Sat. All other plants ordered can be picked up the following weekend, May 18-20.  Hours:  8:30 - 6 PM Mon.-Sat.; 10 AM-5 PM on Sunday.  Any questions regarding your order, please contact Cathy Knight.

YEARBOOKS will be in soon and there are a limited number left.  Please order online today or send in a check for $30. made payable to CBMS with YEARBOOK and your child's name  in the memo section.  Order forms are also available in the office. 

AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES -Students cannot stay unattended at school.  If they are waiting for a sport to start, they should go home and return for a 4:30 practice.  Otherwise, they need to attend Club Cougar.  Students should be registered and the fee is $5. per session or $60. per month for sports activities only.  

Tweens Secret Lives On-line-  (Parents- this was sent by our Technology Coordinator Eric Hall to our staff, and it is very relevant to you on the home front as well) As you read this article, consider the importance of guiding our students to become responsible Digital Citizens. We can and do help them develop healthy habits and attitudes around technology by providing experiences in online collaboration (Google Docs) and communication (Blogs & wikis) with productive outcomes. Responsible Use and Digital Citizenship are not "one time" lessons, but need to be pervasive in student technology experiences.

REMINDER - CBMS is a Distraction Free Zone.  With the temperatures rising, we wanted to clarify the dress code.  Please review the attached dress code and discuss with your students.  Students will be warned the first time, and the 2nd time we will ask them to "cover up" with other clothing.  We will contact you if it continues. 
DRESS CODE- Fashion trends are acceptable as long as they do not obstruct the educational
process in the classroom or endanger the physical well being of students.  
Clothing should not distract from learning.  There should be no cleavage or
buttocks showing.  Clothing with sexual innuendoes, drug, alcohol, or tobacco
messages are not permitted.. The style for classroom wear, as opposed to
leisure wear, should reflect good health and safety habits, personality and a
sense of pride through appearance in self and in school.
• No abdomens (stomachs, tummies) should show
• No cleavage should show at any time
• Wear footwear at all times
• Take off hats when you are in the cafeteria
• Don’t wear clothing/signs which advertises tobacco/alcohol products
• Don’t wear clothing/signs which are sexually suggestive or highly inappropriate
• Wear appropriate-length shorts or skirts that do not expose anything other than legs
and feet.  

THINK: Does the clothing you’re wearing meet our dress code? We have created a respectful environment here at CBMS.  Please  remember no DISTRACTIONS!  Thank you for your support!

WATERBURY-DUXBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT- Board Meeting- Agenda- TUESDAY May 8, 2012- TBPS- 6:00 p.m.

6:00            I.            CALL TO ORDER and CONFIRM AGENDA

6:05            II.            COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC (Note that additional comments from the public will be welcomed throughout the agenda.)

6:10            IV.            DISCUSSION (60 minutes)
A. Stowe Ski Program
B.  Review financials for any adjustments prior to fiscal year closing
C. Maintenance spending update
D. Roles and Responsibilities update
E. First Reading of Finalized Policy Packet #2

7:10            IV.            PRINCIPALS REPORT - Board Feedback (10 minutes)
A.   Written Report and Recommendations

7:20            V.            WWSU REPORTS            (10 minutes)           
A.   Superintendent’s report

7:30            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

7:35            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           
A.   Board Minutes (4/10/12)
B.    Board Orders
C.   Principal’s report action items
D.   Decide on summer board meeting dates

7:45            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (June 12, 2012 @ TBPS)  Main Topics: Tax Anticipation Note, Fuel bids, Authorize Payroll Board Orders for coming fiscal year

7:50            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue

8:00            X.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss negotiations

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3

2Nite- Information Session for Changes in 8th Grade Math, beginning at 6PM in the Harwood Library.  

Looking for the May Cougar Cafe Menu?  Click here!

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week!  This year we are again offering a breakfast and a pizza luncheon.  If you would like to help out with set up and clean up on either days, offer monetary donations for the pizza luncheon, or provide food, please contact Leslie Proteau at  We will need the following for the breakfast on Monday May 7th (7ish AM)-  muffins, bagels/cream cheese, egg dishes, juices, coffee, creamers, milk, cereal, paper products, bacon/sausage dishes, granola, and fruit.  On Thursday we'll need help with salads, drinks and desserts- 11:30ish. Paper products are also needed.  Also, if your child wants to make a poster or card that we could help decorate the table with that would be great.  They can drop them to Em in the CBMS office. Please consider helping us out with something during this week to show your appreciation for all that the school does for your child.  Thank you!  

Last Call for Boys & Horses Leadership After School series, beginning in one week, Wednesday, May 9.  We have 2 spaces still available!  See the E-Community Bulletin Board for more information.

GREEN UP DAY IS SATURDAY MAY 5- Waterbury Green Up could use some middle-school helpers at the downtown dropoff from 10-2 especially. People should call or email me if they want to volunteer. / 244-1444.

· GET BAGS: at the Town Offices located in the Village Fire Station & at Sunflower Natural Foods on Rt. 100
· DROP OFF BAGS: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Town Highway Garage, Guptil Road;
AND behind St. Leo’s Hall, 109 S. Main Street.
· PLEASE! NO household waste, hazardous waste, propane tanks or electronics.
· SCRAP METAL: Bring to St. Leo’s Hall/downtown site
· RETURNABLE 5-cent bottles and cans: If possible, please bag separate from trash.
- Contact: Lisa Scagliotti, Green Up coordinator, 244-1444,

- Bags at the town offices
- Contact coordinator Audrey Quackenbush to tell her where you plan to clean up. Volunteers in Duxbury leave bags and items roadside. She notifies the town road crew to pick them up.  244-7512 or

Wear gloves and boots.
- Green Up with young kids on side streets, around parks, schools.
- Green Up with friends, neighbors or co-workers.
If you find something that's too large to move, tell volunteers at the Waterbury drop-off locations. In Duxbury, notify Audrey.
- This year especially if you are working in the flood zone, be on the lookout for objects that could belong to a flooded household. If you find something that you would want returned if it belonged to you (like photos or a nice china cup), please retrieve it and bring it to St. Leo's Hall where the ReBuild Waterbury folks will collect and advertise such finds. If it is too large to move, snap a photo and tell volunteers at the drop-off about it.

The Green Up main office is reminding people to be "tick-smart" if you are working on Green Up projects in areas with tall grass, brush, lots of leaves where ticks thrive. Clothes that cover skin and bug spray seem wise. Here's a link to information on the internet from the state health dept.